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When I think of October, I think of fall. I think of Halloween. I think of the color orange.

No, it’s not a football thing. It’s a fall thing.

Fall leaves: mostly shades of orange. Pumpkins: pretty much orange. Historically, October is orange. Look on Page 25 of this month’s issue, and you’ll see lots of orange on the opening page to our story about can’t-miss fall festivals. There are 10, in fact, that writer Angie Campbell features. But there are also many more fall festivals worth considering; you’ll find a list of additional festivals — as well as farms to visit this fall — on Page 29.

In addition to all this orange, there is another color that you’ll see a lot of during October. Pink. No, don’t worry — I doubt you’ll see many pink pumpkins. But in many places and in many ways across the United States, pink is taking center stage this month to raise breast cancer awareness.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, during which major breast cancer charities work together to increase awareness of breast cancer. They aim to raise funds for research, prevention and to find a cure.

Why is this important? Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States besides skin cancer. Although rates of breast cancer are low in women younger than 40 — our primary audience — it’s never too early to learn about breast cancer and to be aware of warning signs. There are many good resources on the Internet. One place to start is the Susan G. Komen SC Mountains to Midlands organization. Visit them online at www.komenscmm.org.

Speaking of Halloween, you’ll find several cool features this month. On Page 16, writer Megan Lavine has two cool ideas for do-it-yourself Halloween costumes. On Page 31, writer Chris Worthy takes a look at five different ways to celebrate. And on Page 39, writer Jennifer Weaver highlights products for moms (and dads) that feature pumpkins and pumpkin spice.

Have a great October!

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